Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Al Capone Does My Homework by Gennifer Choldenko Review

Book Nerd Review by Chloe

Alcatraz Island in the 1930s isn't the most normal place to grow up, but it's home for Moose Flanagan, his autistic sister, Natalie, and all the families of the guards. When Moose's dad gets promoted to Associate Warden, despite being an unlikely candidate, it's a big deal. But the cons have a point system for targeting prison employees, and his dad is now in serious danger. After a fire starts in the Flanagan's apartment, Natalie is blamed, and Moose bands with the other kids to track down the possible arsonist. Then Moose gets a cryptic note from the notorious Al Capone himself. Is Capone trying to protect Moose's dad too? If Moose can't figure out what Capone's note means, it may be too late.

The last heart-pounding installment in the New York Times bestselling, Newbery Honor-winning Alcatraz trilogy is not to be missed!

"Superlative historical fiction." -- School Library Journal (starred review for Al Capone Shines My Shoes)

Al Capone Does My Homework is the third and last book in the Alcatraz trilogy written by Gennifer Choldenko. The other two are Al Capone Does My Shirts, and Al Capone Shines My Shoes.

Moose and Nat are brother and sister. They live on Alcatraz with their dad, who is the Associate Warden. There are 4 more kids on the island: Piper, Annie, Jimmy and Theresa. On the first day of their dad's promotion to Associate Warden, something terrible happens and they have to move to a new place on Alcatraz. Because of this incident, Nat's school thinks that Nat has become a hazard and puts her on probation. She will not be allowed back into school until the authorities have uncovered the cause of the incident. After several encounters with other people on the island, Moose and Nat start to become suspicious of one of the other people on the island. This leads them to believe that they know the cause of the incident and who is responsible. Moose and Nat and the other kids on Alcatraz have a mystery to solve. Finding out who is responsible for the incident is the only way to get Nat back into school.

What caught my attention in the book was the descriptions of the criminals that are imprisoned at Alcatraz. Inmates with names like Seven Fingers, Buddy, Boy, Willie One Arm and Scarface, aka Al Capone, make the book funny and give the inmates lots of character. I also enjoyed the interlinking plots which made for a twisted and tangled read but didn't confuse me. The descriptive writing painted some really good imagery in my head and gave me the sense that I was really on Alcatraz! I would recommend this book to kids who like a good mystery.

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Hi, my name is Chloe. I am in the fourth grade and I am ten years old. My favorite subjects in school are English, reading, and math. My hobbies are reading, ballet and figure skating. For my birthday, my parents got me a Kindle Fire HD7. We go to the library often. I have books in my backpack, in my desk at school, in my mom's car, in my room, in my skating bag, in my dance bag - Everywhere! My favorite kinds of books are history, mystery and fantasy. I love reading!


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